And to thank Obama for executive amnesty.8:01 AM, Mar 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama did not like when Israeli prime minister Benjmain Netanyahu used a joint congressional meeting to criticize his Iran plan. But yesterday the president let the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, use his podium to attack Congress on immigration at a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.
Kenny also thanked Obama for his executive amnesty.
"Let me thank you, in particular, Mr. President, for the work that you are doing to achieve immigration reform and, in particular, for the executive actions, which you announced last November. (Applause.) The undocumented Irish represent a small proportion of the 11 million people affected by this issue across the United States, but I can also tell you that almost every family in our country is related to or knows somebody who is caught up in this deeply distressing situation. Any progress that would allow our undocumented to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events would be very welcome and your very welcome ambassador, Kevin O’Malley, understands this deeply on his own personal family side," Kenny said, according to a White House transcript of the event.
"We also want to see a legal pathway for the future for Irish people to make their full contribution here if they so choose. I can assure you this evening, Mr. President, that we will continue to add our voice to the many voices calling on this Congress to pass immigration reform legislation as soon as possible."
The White House crowd applauded.
Kenny also thanked Obama for his work on the U.S. economy. "When we met in the Oval Office this morning, says he -- (laughter) -- we had the opportunity to discuss the progress that we are making in our economic recovery through the perseverance and the determination of the Irish people. The United States remains our most important economic partner and the support of the U.S. has been critical to the progress that we are making. The improvement that the U.S. economy is making under your leadership, President, is essential not only to jobs and growth in the United States, but also to Ireland’s recovery and growth throughout the global economy."
Embellishment pays.11:01 AM, Mar 16, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Later today Hillary Clinton will be inducted in the Irish America Hall of Fame. The former first lady "is being honored for her work on behalf of the Irish peace process," according to Irish America magazine, the sponsor of the award.
1:59 PM, Jun 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, at a performance by of "Riverdance" by Irish youth, First Lady Michelle Obama thanked the crowd and said, "It is good to be home."
"My goodness! (Applause.) That’s wonderful! You did it! Oh, my goodness. (Applause.) Thank you all so much. It is good to be home. Yes, indeed. You all are amazing -- and you're pretty good-looking, too. (Laughter.)," she said as she took the stage.
7:43 AM, Jun 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking this morning in Belfast, President Obama took the opportunity to mix in a little golf talk as he addressed Northern Irish youth.
"Northern Ireland is hosting the World Police and Fire Games later this year -- (applause) -- which Dame Mary Peters is helping to organize. (Applause.)," Obama said, according to the official White House transcript.
At last, the votersAug 1, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 43 • By ANDREW STUTTAFORD
Billion by billion by billion, showdown by argument by ultimatum, Greece’s latest bailout is being put together by those who run the eurozone. The country’s finances are so bad, and its prospects so poor, that even the new $159 billion rescue package announced on Thursday will (assuming it comes into effect) probably only prove to be a reprieve.
Michael Warren, Irish rover.Mar 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 26 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s a little bit Irish. And like many Americans, I actually have some Irish blood.
The death of Ireland’s crony capitalist party.Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
In the grand old days before the Irish real estate boom collapsed, the ruling Fianna Fáil party used to campaign the fun way. Infamously, the party held blowout fundraisers every year in a tent at the Galway races. Bankers and property magnates would show up, caked in bling, surrounded by attractive young women and occasionally even their wives, and get drunk with their elected representatives and regulators.
The bailouts may be only just beginning.8:55 AM, Jul 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
In his statement celebrating the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill last week, President Obama said: "There will be no more taxpayer-funded bailouts -- period."
Really? Let's assume Obama is right. Even under the best-case scenario, in which Dodd-Frank performs exactly as its technocratic architects intended, the legislation would -- with all necessary caveats attached -- prevent bailouts just in the financial sector.
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